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by the bush administration first, and then, of course, were increased by the obama administration. it's important to recognize that the eslc report is not political in any way, shape or form. it endorses things that are heartily supported by the right , in some cases, and on the other hand that are supported by people on the left. it's important to recognize you can't just take the parts that you like. you have to take the wholistic approach, which is to, again, maximize u.s. production and to at the same time significantly reduce consumption partly by diversifying our transportation sector away from petroleum. now, the last thing i'll say before we sit down is it's important to recognize that petroleum use in transportation is the pivot point of this entire problem. about 70% of our 18.7 million barrel per day use of petroleum in this country is for transportation, and transportation is fueled about 93% of the time by petroleum. so if you want to reduce the united states' dependence on imported petroleum and the related geopolitical issues that that causes, particularly in an era whe
that debate. the administration loses that control. then you have occupy wall street as well. obama keeps them at arm's length for the most part. i hear this a lot. what is the line? lbj says make me do it. people are starting to get a sense that obama is in need. there is no doubt about it. there is a sense of a new chart. it is making him rise to the new ways. he is now having a fresh hundred days to capitalize. >> do you agree that he is essentially a pragmatists? >> i do. he is a guy who you find him setting up some trial balloons. they tend to be on the left. there is more structural change. it they say they're like this idea. they really rebalance the financial system. he gets pushed back. sometimes he is with summers and sometimes he is with geithner. he tends to move toward pragmatism. he is evolving. we cannot help ourselves. the big question is how this man will of of and how it will express itself now that he has this. >> what is your big answer? >> some answers i think i have gotten over the last deal. i think she has gotten better and understanding the dynamics of presidential pow
capacity at the airports to safeguard our system in the future. the obama administration and this congress have been great partners throughout this process, and we are grateful. the cost will be high, but it would be unfathomable in terms of the cost of lost productivity, disabled economies, and a fractured transportation networks should we fail to make those investments. the road ahead will be a challenge, but with the help of the government, we know that recovery is possible. thank you for holding this hearing, senator. >> we know well we are neighbors at professional office spaces across the street, we too, because of the densely populated character of our area, we have a lot of service to supply, and i thank you. you have done it well, and we are proud of the people at new jersey transfer, the sacrifices they have made on the job. we're glad to hear from you. >> thank you, mr. chairman. >> is an honor to be here the story, and i think you for that. it is an honor to have you as our senior senator. new jersey transit began monitoring for sandy days before the storm came ashore. personne
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